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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The kitchen item that effortlessly removes mud

  Your average equestrian spends more time grooming horses than riding them. Over the years we all learn new, exciting and revolutionary grooming tips and tactics. Check back regularly for more grooming tips as we are on the hunt for the best.  Fall is here and that means so is the mud. The wet weather wreaks havoc on paddocks and your horse will take full advantage of these muddy conditions by rolling about. Arriving at the barn to find your horse is crusted head to hoof in mud is stressful. But fear not, there is a grooming hack to bust…

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Lies you believed about horses before you started riding

  I grew up in a totally non-horsey family. Before I started riding at a local barn, my only exposure to horses was through watching television and reading books. Clearly, most people who have written/produced something mainstream about horses have never even touched one. There were many lies I believed about horses before I entered the real horse world. Finding out the truth about these things pained me a great deal… What lies did you believe about horses before you started riding? 1) Horses know their individual names and come when they are called. Years of watching movies and TV…

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6 Things you better NOT say to an eventer

  Eventers are a very fun and relaxed group of people. Outside of the horse world, there is a bit of a stereotype that equestrians are rather pretentious but this couldn’t be less true of eventers. Eventers are as down to earth as people can be. But there are a few things you can say to an eventer that will make them sprout devil horns on the top of their head. Most of these things tend to be said by riders who do not partake in Eventing. So if you are a non-eventer having a conversation with an eventer refrain…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things horses will always spook at

  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”   10. Dogs. The smaller, the scarier. 9. Water. You are wearing an inflatable emergency life jacket but I’m not! 8. Gusts of wind. A clear sign of a tornado. 7. Shadows. You never know what is lurking in them. 6. Suspicious flowers. Could conceal murderers.  …

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Three things equestrians love about fall and three things they hate

  Summer is over and fall is underway. There are a few pumpkin spice addicts that are 100% ecstatic that fall is here but if you are like the rest of us, you’ll probably have some mixed feelings about the changing seasons. For equestrians around the globe, there are a set of pros and cons that fall brings. 1) You love the break from scorching hot temperatures. Hot summer days are perfect for going to the beach but are not so great for mucking out a barn, riding several horses, standing outside teaching lessons and stacking copious amounts of hay….

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The ultra straightforward way to train any horse how to jump a ditch

  If you want a horse to be an eventer it has to be comfortable jumping ditches. There are ditches on almost every cross-country course and they only get more abundant as you move up the levels. Teaching a horse how to jump a ditch can be a tricky task. However, if you are patient and use a logical training system you will have your horse jumping ditches confidently in no time. Follow these straightforward tips to introduce your horse to ditches: 1) Make sure your horse is in front of your leg and comfortable jumping small fences. Don’t point…

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Horses that are severely allergic to wood: Part 33

  Some horses are more careful jumpers than others. But there are overachieving mounts that seemingly defy the laws of gravity while jumping. Maybe it is because they are allergic to wood or perhaps, they are trying to avoid getting eaten a monster that could be lurking under the fence. These horses’ riders might want to wear a spacesuit during their next jump school because their steeds are jumping to the moon…   View this post on Instagram Blast off🚀🚀 #showjumping #showjumper #noscopenohope #sellefrancais #sandroboy @dg_venture_ @jumping_jacq A post shared by Yann Jacq (@jacqyann) on Sep 23, 2019 at 6:44am…

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25 Underrated moments in an equestrian’s life

  There are many moments in our horsey lives that give us a great deal of satisfaction but for some reason, we never fully appreciate how much these moments mean to us. Let’s have a moment of appreciation for the moments in our lives that we sometimes take for granted … What underrated moments do you appreciate? Share your favourites by emailing me. 1. Finishing the final braid in your horse’s mane and then mentally high-fiving yourself for the professional job you did. 2. Putting a fresh bag of shavings in your horse’s stall… Best smell ever. 3. Clearing a massive jump…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The secret to REALLY cleaning your saddle

  Your average equestrian spends more time grooming horses than riding them. Over the years we all learn new, exciting and revolutionary grooming tips and tactics. Check back regularly for more grooming tips as we are on the hunt for the best.  We asked our readers to share their expert grooming tips and they have not disappointed. Abbey Mackie submitted a tip that will take your tack cleaning up a level: Cleaning your stirrups and stirrup pads is a small thing but it makes even a beat down saddle look brand new. I use a toothbrush and spray any type…

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Five tips to pass horse inspections with ease and style at fall three-days

  At every CCI-L event you have to jog your horse up for the Ground Jury once before dressage and then again after cross-country before you can show jump. Additionally, if a CCI-S event runs cross-country before show jumping, you will have to jog up your horse. These jog ups are to ensure that all horses are fit and sound to compete. However, having a horse that is a hundred-percent sound still does not guarantee you will be ‘accepted’ and able to show. Countless sound horses have been ‘spun’ at jog ups because of poor presentation. It is easy for…

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